Monkee’s of Madeira

MonkeesJust got an email yesterday from my friend Cindy… subject line: Monkee’s of Madeira.

First thought: she misspelled spelled monkeys.

Second thought: why the heck are there monkeys in Madeira?

Opened up the email to find neither were true. Apparently this “Monkee’s of Madeira” is the name of Cincinnati’s newest clothing boutique! It’s located at 6928 Miami Ave.  in Maderia next to Coffee Please.  Near The Wardrobe.

Here’s what Cindy’s email said:

My good friend’s, daughter, Liz Hilberg, is opening a new womens clothing and accessory store in Maderia. You are going to LOVE this store!  She is having a private friends and family party tonight, and I think the grand opening is Friday.

I’m out of town right now, but I’m looking forward to checking it out when I get back! You should too!

Drastic Discounts on Designer Shoes

Cincy Designer Shoes
Dezario "Modena" black microfiber boot with patent detail. Size 11. Regular price - $199. Now only $80!

I have been in Cincy Designer Shoes only once. Not because I don’t like shoes…. ohhhhh no. Quite the contrary. I love them way too much.

I haven’t let myself go back in that store since my first encounter! I was like letting a sugar addict run freely in a candy store! The first time I went in, I bought a pair of Stuart Weitzman black pumps in the first five minutes. I love them, but it was definitely an unexpected splurge.

I’ve been secretly stalking their stock since, though, and I think I’m ready to pounce on my prey. I got a Cincy Designer Shoes email blast today (I highly suggest you go to their site and sign up for their email alerts by the way) saying they are having a March Madness sale from now until March 7.

Cincy Designer Shoes
Martinez Valero "Cristi" shiny black pump. Size 6. Regular price - $145. Now only $40!

Here’s what the email said:

Cincy Designer Shoes is kicking off our March Madness sale! We have marked down sale items again and added many new styles to the sales rack! Our spring inventory is now arriving and we need to make room for more incoming inventory. Every day this week we will be posting our “March Madness” styles on our FaceBook page. Please click on the link below to see today’s March Madness pricing! …We would like to invite you to stop in a take advantage of our lowest prices and preview some great Spring handbags and shoes!

Click here to get the Facebook Link for March Madness Sizes & Pricing

I looked through their sale items, and some pumps are as low as $40 and boots are as low as $80. That’s definitely do-able. I think this gives me a viable excuse to let myself go back. Wish me luck!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Looks like the one downside of this sale is that it’s the “last pair” sale, so if you don’t fit in that last pair, the cheap chic shoe is not for you. But it’s great news for people like my mom with a less common shoe size (she wears an 11! … haha, sorry mom, I had to share!)     🙂

Amanda Kelly Salon Opens Downtown

A new salon will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday. Check it out!
Amanda Kelly Salon

My friend, Jennifer, is Amanda Kelly’s client. Jennifer told me about the new salon and the grand opening event. Apparently she has been a stylist for a long time and a lot of local YPs go to her, so she just decided to branch out on her own! Go girl! : )

Here are some pics of the new Amanda Kelly Salon I found on their facebook fan page! I’ll be out of town for it, but I encourage you to go to their grand opening event! Sounds like fun!

Amanda Kelly Amanda Kelly

Jewelry Sample Sale (and more CTW blog updates!)

Some of the things I write about here on the blog are things I’m personally keeping an eye out for (i.e., fashion week)… some are interesting things I pluck from the seemingly never-ending flow of events and information filtering through my business/publication Cincy Chic … and now that I started the blog, people are contacting me to let me know about more “newsy” things that are a better “instant gratification” fit for a blog and not a weekly publication like what Cincy Chic is.

So, I’m going to change the format of the blog a bit to accommodate this influx of info! I’m going to do shorter, more frequent (will try daily), less formal blogs. I have a Type-A personality, and I come from a formalized publishing background, so I have the tendency to want to create the perfect beginning, middle and end – and develop the prettiest corresponding graphics. Well, all that will change moving forward, my friends!Krombholz

So, today’s blog is about the Krombholz Jeweler’s annual Sample Sale. When Lee, the owner, told me about it at first I thought, oh cool, they’re discounting some stuff. Neat, but everyone has sales.

But then he said this is the motherload of all their sales. And it’s their clients’ favorite event (it’s their biggest sale of the year, in fact) because they talk all their vendors into selling them the samples of the outgoing season’s lines super cheap. Krombholz then sells them super cheap to their customers during this sale. So it’s like getting a great deal on a year-end model of a car! But pretty jewelry instead : )

Lee said everything else in their cases will be marked down 25-75% off regular price, too. So, if you’re in the market for a special keepsake for someone special or want to have a bling fling for yourself, I recommend checking this sale out.

Oh and we’re working on a really special event (called Night in White) on April 9 with Krombholz and Locals on Living to raise money for a local nursing scholarship. The scholarship was started by a friend of mine who I used to work with and it’s very special to him and his family. So click here to learn more about that! Just thought I’d make mention of it since we’re on the topic of Krombholz! : )

Meet the Jeanius of Denim

I’ve written about my struggle with finding the perfect pair of jeans before. It’s something every woman deals with on a regular basis. Or daily basis to be honest. I had a skinny day yesterday and I’m having a put-me-in-a-muumuu day today. So, the saga continues…

I was talking about this with Lindsey, the marketing director over at Saks. And we came up with the idea to bring in a “jeanius” denim expert, and have a luncheon Q&A to learn all the tricks and tips you need to know to find your dream denim. So, that’s what we’re going to do on March 18 from 12-1 at the Saks Fifth Ave. downtown. Space is limited, but if you get in, you’ll get complimentary lunch and a 15% discount on your purchases that day!

Please RSVP by  March 16th to or call (513) 721-2445. See you there!

Jean LNL

Oh, and PS, Saks has their beauty week going on this week. They have super cute (black, pink or yellow) animal print bags with purchase of $75/more. I got the yellow because it reminds me of sun… you know, that thing we haven’t seen much of lately?! : )

Me and my new yellow tote are going to hang out in my matching sunshine-y yellow room ’til summer is here! : )

This Week on Cincy Chic: Wedding Wonders

Wedding Wonders

Wedding Wonders

Say “I do” to something new

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want your guests to remember it just as much as you do. Well, look no further than these three Tri-State vendors who have what it takes to make your day stand out from the traditional crowd and add special touches to your special day.

Learn what three trends are right up the aisle for any Cincinnati bride to help her achieve her dream wedding that will be forever memorable. So find out exactly what Cincy Chic is raving about.

Everybody Dance Now
All eyes will be on you and your husband as your share your first dance together, and this local man can help you polish your presentation so that you can give an applaud-worthy performance.

Acquire Your Attire
With the gown, dresses and tuxes needed to dress up your wedding, just the wedding attire can be a headache. Before you start popping ibuprofen, though, head to this brand new bridal shop.

A Kiss of Jewels
A wedding gown wouldn’t be complete without accessories. So learn how you can dress up your dress with a local designer’s internationally recognized pieces.

Fit and Fabulous Bridal Guide
You want to look your best on your wedding day, and fitness universe champion Brooke Griffin wants to help. Read how you can get fit with a free download of Griffin’s bridal guide.

“The Sugar,” Aww, Honey, Honey
This local cake designer is bound to send any bride into a sugar frenzy. By marrying flavor and design, his creations will have you wanting them for your ultimate wedding cake.

Planned Perfection
When she couldn’t find software to streamline her organization, one local wedding planner developed it herself. Now, she offers her tools to other event planners and wedding vendors – and brides.

Beautifying the Bride
The months leading up to the big day can entail some major stress, so do yourself a favor and turn to these local ladies who take out the pressure and put in the pampering on your wedding day.

Chic Spotlight: H&RS Event Planner Andrea Schmidt
From favors to flowers and dresses to DJs, weddings entail details galore, and three local women make it their job to organize it all. Learn how they throw events fit for the President – literally.

Sensible Fitness: Wide Bride Syndrome
It’s every bride’s worst nightmare: “Here comes the bride, all fat and wide.” But our fitness guru helps you turn this nightmare into motivation for a long-term lifestyle.

Cents & Sensibility: Wedding Bells Sans Money Blues
Adding the word “wedding” before any service automatically adds a price premium. Our financialista shares some clever tips to save a six-pence or two without sacrificing your dream wedding.

Ask Patty: Road Block to Domestic Bliss
In today’s world, co-habitation before a marriage celebration is common, but what happens when parents’ perspectives stand in the way of your moving in with your significant other?

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
March 4: Social Media Workshop
March 4-6: Krombholz Jewelers “Sample Sale”
March 7: Oscar Night American After Party
March 10: Girlfriends, Glamour & GOLD
March 11: Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
March 19: Chic Chef Cooking Series – Tapas Night!

This Week on Cincy Chic: Spring Trend Report

Spring Trend Report

Spring Trend Report

Blooming fashion fads

Tired of seeing white and shivering in the cold? Well, Cincy Chic has a cure for your cabin fever – a look into what spring will bring. Two Cincinnati boutique owners forecast the hottest trends that are sure to bring a warm front to your wardrobe.

Blooming Possibilities
Spring will bring a breath of fresh air from the cold winter, and one local company looks to bring a fresh look to your home. Learn how you can make over your home in a simple, inexpensive way.

Spring Your Man into Great Fashion
The spring is calling for slimmer cuts and colors that pop! So how can you update your guy’s basics into something a bit bolder? Local experts help you make it happen.

Natural Selection
It worked for Darwin’s theory, and it will work for you this season. One beauty expert shares how you can choose to go natural to stay stylish this spring.

Show me the Money
While not every blog will put pennies in the bank, one local blogger shares how you can create a better chance for your blog’s money-making abilities.

Bringing a Fresh Look to Cincinnati
2010 is looking up, way up, for 3CDC. Cincy Chic features three of the group’s recent projects that will serve as spring hang-out places for when we lose the snow and gain back the sun.

Ready, Set, Grow
Whether you start with pots or plots, these local gardeners help you spring into action and reach that homegrown goodness. Find out how you can reap what you sow – and then some.

Chic Spotlight: Gluten-Free Gal Erin Swing
Gluten intolerance is far from fashionable, but one local lady is working to keep this trend delicious. A chemist turned chef shares more about her blog, research, recipes and self.

Sensible Fitness: Fitness Come Frigid or Fair Weather
Postal workers complete their work come snow or rain or heat or gloom, so you can do the same with your workout. Our fitness guru gives you some motivational events to keep you going.

Chic Eats: Marinated Vegetable Salad
Stick to your yearly resolution to eat healthier foods in the New Year. Our chic chef revisits resolutions to show you how to make a healthy, satisfying dish that cuts calories without sacrificing flavor.

Media Maven: “The Young Victoria” Movie Review
With a late 1800s royal setting, this film could be stuffy or romantic. Our Media Maven lets you know if it will warm your heart or keep it cold.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Feb. 11-28 – Cincy Dream Days
Feb. 23 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Feb. 23 – Hormone Replacement Seminar
Feb. 24 – Wine & Women – Wine Tasting at FBs
Feb. 24 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Feb. 24 – Kenzie’s Closet Cocktails
Feb. 25 – Cupcakes & Cocktails
Feb. 25 – SmartTalk Connected Conversations with Ann Compton
Feb. 26 – Beers, Boutiques & Ben-Gals

New NYC Fashion Week Trends

Today marks the end of a 17-year era, as the New York Fashion Week event was held at Bryant Park for the last time. As I type, the park’s famous tents are being torn down and packed up as the last Fall 2010 collection (Tommy Hilfiger) was presented a short while ago. The tents will go up next year at Lincoln Center.

I’ve been keeping an eye on each collection as they live stream video, fashion reporters report and style bloggers blog. It’s been very exciting.

Since I last blogged, I noticed two more big trends emerge – Fur and “Robo Chic” – as well as a few smaller trends you’ll want to keep an eye out for, such as quilted leather and longer blazers.

Furry Fashions
I was frankly surprised to see so much fur on the runways. It has such a stigma. It’s so political. But it was all over everything at this show. Coats, full-on fur dresses and dresses lined with fur, vests, shirts, hats, elbow-length fur arm warmers, fur boots, fur bags – even fur stilettos. You name it, it had some animal hair on it. Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, Malandrino, Elie Tahari, Brian Reyes, Thuy… and droves more designers let the fur fly in the face of the persistent protesters – oh yeah, and this relentless recession.

I doubt they’re all using our local claim to furry fame, Fabulous Furs, but I hope so! I’m not a fur protester, but I do encourage you to check out the Fabulous Furs showroom in Covington to see how realistic and warm her faux furs are. You will be surprised at how real they look and high-quality they are. She (Donna, the owner, whom I adore) has much of what I saw on the runways in her showroom to be honest. Coats, blazers, cardigans, shoes and gloves. Sorry for turning this trend section into a plug for her, but I couldn’t believe how much fur I saw this year, and I do hope this boosts business for Fabulous Furs – a local gem and trend-setter in the fur industry.
Furry Fashions

Robo Chic
Toni Francesc named his Fall 2010 show “Artificial Life” and that it was. His collection marched out a robo chic parade of pointed and tiered shoulders, with silvers and greys patched or colorblocked onto black and brown shine and matte fabrics. Other collections featured oversized studs, mechanical hardware and sci-fi inspired necklines and sleeves.
Robo Chic

Quilted Leather
On the season premiere of Jay Leno’s new primetime show, Rihanna rocked a quilted leather blazer. Ever since then, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a quilted leather jacket to hang in my coat closet. But now that Alexander Wang strutted quilted leather shorts down the runway, I might need to get them – oh yeah, and do a lot of squats and lunges to look halfway decent in them! Lots of bags and accessories (headbands) donned this quilted leather style, too. That’s a good way to add this high-end luxe look into your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
quilted leather

Isaac Mizrahi blazer

Other Trends…
Enter, longer blazers. Exit, short-waisted jackets. It was nice to see a long blazer again after such a long stint with the hip-hitting jackets that don’t flatter many female body types. And the blazer was paired with any and everything, from a t-shirt to a sheer lace tank. Or, as Isaac Mizrahi did in the look to the right, pair a muted matte blazer with a glammed up cocktail dress. Has that “my boyfriend put this on me ’cause I got cold” look when you wear it that way… but imagine if she actually had her arms through the sleeves.

Layering was another key trend, with a mix of fabrics that offer texture and interest. A few designers like Peter Som and Alexander Wang presented models who literally looked like they’d thrown on everything in the closet all at once. Some days I feel like just doing that… now it’s apparently en vogue to do so. Sweet.

Another trend was a contrasting sleeve. Designers (such as Chris Benz and Derek Lam) used a different material than the rest of the outfit. Others used a graphic print on the sleeve that wasn’t on the rest of the garment.

Belt crazy Fall 2010 collection L.A.M.B. look

And lastly: Belts. Wear belts with everything. Cardigans, blazers, sweaters, t-shirts, blouses, coats… hey, if you’re so inclined like this model, wear three.

<<—————    haha! : )

I mentioned Rihanna earlier and it reminded me — I interviewed her stylist Mariel Haenn recently and never posted the interview! I got to meet her through a promotion Saks Fifth Ave was doing. I quickly learned that Mariel is BRILLIANT and has single-handedly made Rihanna into the trend-setting bonafide style icon she is today.

In my humble opinion, Mariel is behind two of the trends in this blog post (Robo Chic and Quilted Leather), and she’s only 30 years old. Pretty amazing.

Check out the video below to see the interview with her and get insight into the stylist behind the famous styles you love and adore.


Furry Fashion
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Cropped fur coat in the Carolina Herrera Fall 2010 collection (AP)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
A sparkly, asymmetric dress gets swathed in black and gray fur  at Farah Angsana. (NBC)
Model shows off Elie Tahari winter white statement coat with fur collar (Getty Images)
Model shows off Malandrino fur coat (Getty Images)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
The Nicole Miller fall 2010 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Afton Almaraz)
A piece in the Fall 2010 collection by Chado’s designer, Ralph Rucci, which featured lace, chiffon, taffeta, ostrich feathers, and mohair. (NBC)
Fur stilettos in the Fall 2010 Zac Posen collection (AP)
Fur trim adds glam to otherwise dark and edgy looks at Vena Cava. (NBC)
Robo Chic
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Last season’s trends continue with a black leather jacket, ruffled shirt, and bib necklace at Mackage. (NBC)
Model at Toni Francesc’s Fall 2010 show (Getty Images)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
Herve Leger by Max Azria (AP)
Gwen Stefani presents a tough girl show with camo, leather, and super-heavy hair and makeup for L.A.M.B. (NBC)
A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
Exaggerated shoulders and chains at the Project Runway show, which featured looks by all ten contestants. (NBC)
Quilted Leather
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A Model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Getty Images)
A model showcases quilted leather shorts in Alexander Wang’s Fall 2010 collection. (Getty Images)
Marc Jacobs Collection Quilted Key Pouch, made of grained, quilted leather, has a zippered top with signature push clasp closure, features polished brass hardware, is lined in suede, and contains an interior key ring with a leather leash. (Marc Jacobs)
A model walks the runway at the Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Tent at Bryant Park on Feb. 18 in NYC. (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Belt crazy Fall 2010 collection L.A.M.B. look (NBC)

Fashion Week CliffsNotes

Even though NYC is under several inches of snow this week, Fall season is in full force. That’s because it’s the ever-exciting, always glamorous, and heart flutteringly fabulous Fashion Week!

I’ve had my finger on the pulse of the new trends strutting the catwalk, and three big ones emerged: sheer, metallics and trendy basics.

Granted, I’m not there, but I sense that this year is unmistakably subdued. Not only are fashion houses struggling to innovate, create and prosper in a strangling recession, but the industry lost an icon with Alexander McQueen passing on the first day of Fashion Week. Both are weighing heavy on the hearts of everyone in the fashion industry and beyond right now.

But as they say… the show must go on. And that it is…

Like I said, three trends have surfaced thus far: sheer, metallics and trendy basics. I think they are all somewhat related to the recession. The sheer is minimalistic. Trendy basics offer a classic, long-lasting value. Metallics, which I thought they were on their way out, have made a quick resurgence. Maybe it’s the high price of gold these days? : )

Here are my Fashion Week CliffsNotes for the big three trends. I’ll check back in later in the week with updates. (And while we’re on the topic of fashion week, get excited because Cincinnati will soon have one of our own! Learn more here)
Back to Basics
Heavy Metallics
Sheer Genius


Back to Basics
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A model presents a creation from the Fall 2010 Herve Leger by Max Azria collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

A dress designed by Victoria Beckham is modeled at a fashion show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation from the Cynthia Steffe Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

The Diane von Furstenberg fall 2010 collection is modeled Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Rachel Roy fall 2010 collection is modeled, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Heavy Metallics
(left to right)
Kelly Osbourne walks the runway during a “Fashion For Relief – Haiti” benefit show during Fall 2010 New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

A model presents a creation at the Erin Fetherston Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

A model presents a creation at the Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

The Luca Luca fall 2010 collection is modeled Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Sheer Genius
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The Prabal Gurung fall 2010 collection is modeled, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The Rachel Roy fall 2010 collection is modeled, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, during Fashion Week in New York. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation at the Project Runway Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 12, 2010. (REUTERS)

The fall 2010 collection of Zac Posen is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Monday, Feb. 15, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A model presents a creation from the Vassilios Kostetsos Fall 2010 collection during New York Fashion Week February 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

This Week on Cincy Chic: Circle of Girlfriends

Circle of Girlfriends

Circle of Girlfriends

Round ’em up to stay in

After a long day in the office, sometimes you want to stay in the refuge of your home instead of heading out again to meet up with your girlfriends. So transform your girls’ night out into a girls’ night in with these helpful hints that will satisfy both your taste buds and your fashion sense.

Party, Shop, Save
Getting together with the gals doesn’t have to take a lot of legwork. Head to this local boutique for a night of shopping, saving and entertaining.

Rosies are Red
With hearts pumping for the Reds, this organization stands behind America’s pastime in Cincinnati. Now, the president rounds third and heads for home, leading the group to revitalization.

Beauty Bash with Buds
Downtown’s Saks Fifth Avenue allows in-store makeup and skin care parties for a fabulous girlfriend get-together. So grab your friends and head down for a makeover.

RANK and File
Girlfriends go a long way in the motivation realm, so set each other up for success with this local running group. Learn how other members help you achieve your own goals.

Talk it Out
Women’s chat includes much more than just gossip. Our words contain strength, power and inspiration, so make a night of women’s jabber with these celebrity lectures.

Chic Spotlight: Just for Chicks Founder and Organizer

Spending time with the girls can be more than just restaurants and bars. Learn how this local group offers a fun twist to the classic Girls’ Night Out.

Sensible Fitness: Celebrating Who You Are

Forget the models. Forget the actresses. Look at who you are and recognize your own beauty. Read on to find out how our fitness guru helps you do just that.

Cents & Sensibility: Priceless Time With Your Girlfriends
A gal on a budget doesn’t have to sacrifice her time with her friends. Our financialista shares her idea of the perfect night with girlfriends, and it costs less than a day of parking Downtown.

Ask Patty: Stepping out in Confidence
Even some of the most beautiful, outgoing women are single, but our relationship expert help show how you can use “single” time to your advantage.

Upcoming Cincy Chic Events:
Feb. 11-28 – Cincy Dream Days
Feb. 16 – Work Smart, Not Hard Workshop
Feb. 16 – Business at Breakfast: Business Partnerships
Feb. 17 – Pink Goes Red
Feb. 19 – Chic Chef Cooking Series
Feb. 23 – eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Event
Feb. 23 – Hormone Replacement Seminar
Feb. 24 – Wine & Women – Wine Tasting at FBs
Feb. 24 – InnerCircles for Women Networking Lunch
Feb. 24 – Kenzie’s Closet Cocktails
Feb. 25 – Cupcakes & Cocktails
Feb. 26 – Beers, Boutiques & Ben-GalsCircle of Girlfriends

From the Publisher of Cincy Chic